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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago White Sox - 8/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago White Sox at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Saturday August 3, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
Philadelphia Phillies: -1.5 (-130) / Chicago White Sox: 1.5 (+110)
TV Channel
WGN
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The Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in game two of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Citizens Bank Park on Saturday.

The Chicago White Sox will look to build up some momentum after emerging victorious in Friday’s opener with a 4-3 triumph in 15 innings. Jose Abreu went 2 for 6 with three RBIs while Matt Skole added an RBI of his own to finish off the White Sox scoring as a team in the win. Eloy Jimenez and Tim Anderson each had two hits with a double while Leury Garcia added a pair of his as well. Yolmer Sanchez added a triple while James McCann and Ryan Goins each had a base hit to finish off Chicago’s offense in the victory. Ivan Nova gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out four over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Josh Osich picked up the win in relief to improve to 1-0 on the year. Ross Detwiler will start game two and is 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Detwiler is 3-5 with a 4.20 ERA and 37 strikeouts against Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to rebound after dropping game one on Friday in a marathon finish. Roman Quinn went 3 for 6 with a solo home run while Jean Segura went 2 for 5 with an RBI of his own. Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto each had a double while Cesar Hernandez went 2 for 4 at the dish. Adam Haseley, Jason Vargas and Maikel Franco each added base hits to finish off Philadelphia’s offense as a team in the defeat. Vargas allowed two runs on five hits while striking out five over 6.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Quinn played center field but also pitched two innings of relief, giving up a run, taking the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. Aaron Nola will start game two and is 9-2 with a 3.72 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. This will be Nola’s first career start against the White Sox.

Chicago is 6-22 in their last 28 interleague road games and 8-19 in their last 27 road games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Philadelphia is 28-11 in Nola’s last 39 home starts and 4-1 in their last 5 interleague games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games against the AL Central. Chicago is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Philadelphia.

The plus money with Chicago is tempting as the White Sox have shown that they can find ways to win, even late. Nola has also allowed four runs in back-to-back home starts, so the White Sox could be capable of putting up some runs here. However, Detwiler’s two appearances on the road this season have seem the left-hander allow 10 runs, nine earned in just 5.2 innings of work. I think Nola bounces back and I think the Phillies’ offense can do enough damage off of Detwiler to pick up a big win on Saturday so I’ll back the Phillies and to cut down some of the heavy juice I’ll back Philadelphia on the RL here.

Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies: -1.5 (-130)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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